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Stretch Marks

Stretch marks on the stomach

There are many causes of stretch marks, such as rapid weight gain, but they are mainly recognised as the battle scars of pregnancy, with between 75% and 90% of women developing stretch marks during this time. Stretch marks after pregnancy are the bane of most women’s lives. Because whilst men might think that their partner’s scarred stomach is a tapestry upon which the beautiful experience of childbirth has been embroidered; women will be ruing the fact that they’ve had to mothball their skimpy, summer two-piece. Stretch marks aren’t necessarily uncomfortable, but the affected areas can occasionally be itchy and sensitive. However, there are a number of creams and lotions available that, if used daily, can help to keep the skin supple, while the action of rubbing in the cream can encourage better circulation. Laser treatment can also help to fade the marks, but this isn’t available on the NHS and can be expensive.

If your child has stretch marks and you would like more information, check the guide for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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Hiii am 22years old and i have stretch marks in my belly and sides. Plz tell me what to do am very upset because am getting marry and this marks I hate it. Plz help me





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I'm 13 years old and I have stretch marks on my boobs I'm quite concerned that my boobs may be growing to big for my body. They also make me very self conscious





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Hi, I'm 28 and have 2 children, my first child was with my ex husband and when I was pregnant I got stretch marks all over my stomach and breasts. I was a size 8 and a small a cup and went to double EE and size 14. Not one person has seen me without a top on since even my now husband. I've since had another child and thought I couldn't possibly get any more but I did. I'm seriously depressed because of this. I don't have an ounce of confidence Ive stopped enjoying my life and even going on holidays with my family because the thought of being on a beach or putting on swimwear makes me feel physically sick. There must be something please I know I must sound shallow but I can't live like this forever it's making me so unhappy and affecting all of our lives...





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I'm 18 years old and I've had stretch marks for as long as I can remember. They've gone all white and silver and they literally cover everything, my arms, shoulders, thighs, butt, back of my knees, tummy & hips. I hate them so much. I've been saving for laser treatment but I feel like they're never gonna go away because there's so much of it on me. No bio oil or cocoa butter has helped me at all. I don't know what to do I need help, urgently! I literally hate skin and I won't don't feel good in own body. There's plenty of other girls a lot bigger than me and they don't have one sign of stretch marks. It's so frustrating! I just want to be able to be a normal teenager. Instead holding back on things because of the way I look. Please help me





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Hello I'm jodie. I'm 21 and have the same problem! I have had strech marks all over my body since I was 16. I had put on a bit of weight with growing up but so did other people yet I seem to have them and they dont.I hate the. They are in all the worst places. I went to my doctor crying telling them it as putting my life on hold. I'm single and embrassed to date because of it going further and me having to get my body out. I don't go on holiday out of embrassment. All they said was about the obvious options and theres nothing I can really do and I should just love myself for the way I am. Well all I can say is they couldn't care less! I feeling the same as you and I wish I could give you advise and help but I can't even help myself! They give boob jobs to people on the NHS they should help us on the NHS to x

I just recently got my navle pierced and I LOVE IT!! But I now have itchy streach marks in my belly button and I don't know what to do!!!! D:





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Hi I am 26, I have had a baby 2 years ago. I have lots of stretch marks all over my belly, thighs, boobs and some over my arms. I used creams and lotions all the way through pregnancy and after however they only got worse. They are deep and still noticeable. I don't ware anything that shows my belly and I always ware a hold me in top incase my shirt goes up. I have never been naked in front of someone since. I really want them gone but was told that Nhs doesn't deal with them. Lost all my confidence too. If anyone knows anything that would help please let me know. Thanks Marie x





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I 20 and I have really bad stretch marks in my belly and my sides. They are really dark red and itchy and have tried every cream possible and nothing works and GP was not very helpful. At this rate I'm considering a tattoo to cover them up because they really affect my self-confidence. However I heard NHS has a cream that really works but I can't find out the name. It's annoying.





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I am 20 years old. I got my stretch marks from eating and not caring about weight or what it would do to my body ignorant? Yes. As a result One night i got so itchy and I just strated to scratch and those scratches are permenantley on my stomach i have lil ones on my thighs for sure not sure if its on my butt. I started cocoa butter with lil result If u want to get rid of them or atleast make them fade scoop a large amount on the area and cover it. Leave it on for the night. It WiILL ITCH. Do not scratch it. Do this till it completely fades I still have it but its so much smaller and less noticeable mine were brown you'll kno if its getting better by their color and appearance if they're brown or purple it could take awhile but it'll slowly turn pink and then white and back to your skin. If you don't have cocoa butter try aleo vera or vitamin E. Drink alot of water and try going on a diet or exercise It helps the skin to open up more so it could soak in the cocoa butter. That's the reason it didn't work when I tried it the first time. I hate sweat but its healthy and remember to drink litres of water daily . This helps to speed it up faster along with diet and exercise. Let me know if this worked for you :) and I'll share my progress with you all Please try it for you !!!!





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I'm 20 and I'm covered in bright red stretch marks, I've tried bio oil and other things but nothing seems to work! I asked my GP if there was anything they could do and they said no. Just wondering what else I could do? I've lost all confidence from them.





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I got the same answer Don't give up I'm seeing results by scooping large amount of cocoa butter and covering it with plastic wrap don't have that vitamin E and aloe vera works too It'll be itchy but its just because its getting better and the color of it will change to pink then slowly fade :) its working for me I had it on both sides of my belly button one side is already gone :) drink plenty of water and exercise sweating helps and dieting keeps them from coming back Reply to let me kno if its helping you :)

Hello, I am 22 and I have stretch marks all over the bottom half of my body. I have had stretch marks since a very young age and whenever I am on holiday (even in hot countries) I wear trousers and things that will cover up my whole bottom half. I wore a skirt once and someone mentioned to me about having so many stretch marks. I want to know how I can minimise the appearance of them or if possible get rid of them to help boost my confidence massively. thanks





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Stretch marks are narrow, streak-like lines that can develop on the surface of the skin. They're also sometimes known as stria or striae. Stretch marks are often red or purple at first, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. Read More »

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